In an effort to get more Pierce County residents vaccinated against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is targeting local ferry passengers.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 2-7 pm, free H1N1 vaccinations will be available at the Steilacoom Ferry Dock passenger waiting area. The clinic is open to ferry passengers and the public.
“Hosting the H1N1 clinic at the Steilacoom ferry terminal will allow citizens of Steilacoom, Anderson, Ketron, and McNeil Islands, and other nearby areas easy access to this important service,” said Pierce County Councilmember Dick Muri.
Councilmember Muri and Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas will both be in attendance to talk with residents as they receive their immunizations. Muri is the newly elected Chair of Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health.
Free H1N1 vaccination clinics are held at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and other locations. Go to www.tpchd.org and click on H1N1 for additional information and clinic schedules. People also can e-subscribe on the web site to public health news to receive H1N1 updates. To schedule a free H1N1 clinic in your community, please call (253) 798-7000 or send an email to H1N1@tpchd.org.
Vaccination is the best protection against H1N1. Flu season is expected to continue through March. H1N1 vaccination is available to anyone 6 months of age and older while supplies last. Children under 10 need two doses of vaccine as one dose is less effective against the virus. Children under 10 years of age who are due for their second vaccinations are requested to bring their vaccination record.